Will I See You In NYC At A2IM Indie Week June 17-20?

image from www.a2im.orgUPDATED: American Association Of Independent Music's annual Indie Week invades New York City on June 17 - 20. The usually very smart team at A2IM have foolishly invited me to participate on a panel titled Streaming Manipulation "The Ethics of Streaming." I hope to see you there.

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Midem Adds Marsha Vlasic , Rebecca León Keynotes

image from celebrityaccess.comMidem has added keynotes with Rebeca León, themanager of  Juanes, Rosalía, J. Balvin and Marsha Vlasic, agent to Neil Young, Elvis Costello, PJ Harvey for its 53rd conference, June 4-7 in Cannes.

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Eurovision To Bring Its Weird, Wonderful Song Contest To North America

image from celebrityaccess.comThe successful and weird phenomenon known as the Eurovision Song Contest reportedly will see a North American version in the near future. The song competition, which pits European countries and others including Israel and Australia, against each other for the campiest song possible, could launch in the U.S. in 2021.

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Americana Music Awards Nominations 2019: Women Take Center Stage [FULL LIST]

AMERICANAThe Americana Music Association has named nominees for its 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards. Women dominated the 2019 nods with Brandi Carlisle Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens, Kacey Musgraves and Mavis Staples among the nominated.

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Midemlab Offers Look At Music Tech's Best New Startups

Midemlab logoGlobal music industry convention MIDEM has named its 2019 Midemlab nominees. Designed to honor the 20 best new music tech startups, Midemlab 2019 received 177 submissions from 45 countries.

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Free 'Profitable Musician Summit' Begins Online Today

1In a new ten-day event created by Bree Noble, thirty-three experts will offer tactical strategies and actionable advice to independent artists looking to both earn and retain more money in their music industry careers.

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Deborah Dugan Elected First Female Recording Academy CEO

image from media.licdn.comDeborah Dugan, the CEO of nonprofit AIDS group (RED), will reportedly replace current president/CEO Neil Portnow when his contract ends in July. Portnow, who helmed the Recording Academy and its Grammy Awards for 17 years, said last year that he would leave the organization when his contract ended this summer.

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Questlove To Keynote ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, More Panelists Announced

Ascap-new logoQuestlove has been added to keynote this year's ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams will interview the drummer, DJ, producer, author and member of The Roots, who will also recieve an ASCAP Creative Voice Award.

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Streamer Boomplay Music Raises $20 million

Boomplay-Music-logo-canvasAfrican based music streamer Boomplay Music has raised $20 million in Series A funding to expand across Africa. The company reports more than 44 million app downloads and is adding an average of 2 million new subscribers monthly.

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Midem Names Artist Accelerator Finalists 2019 From Record Number of Entries

image from celebrityaccess.comMidem has announced the finalists for its 2019 Artist Accelerator competition after a record number of submissions, including from 24 new countries.

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Holds 2019 Induction Ceremony

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame had its 2019 induction ceremony at Barclays Center in New York this weekend and it was an evening of gratitude and well-wishes not only for the inductees, but also to the Hall itself for a job well done.

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Grammy Awards Cut Eligibility Year To Just 11 Months

Grammy_logoEligibility for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards will close Aug. 31, a full month earlier than in previous years. The shift comes alongside the Grammy telecast moving up two weeks to Jan. 26, 2020, after the Academy Awards moved its telecast to Feb. 9, 2020, the same day as the original Grammy date.

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A2IM Names Indie Libera Award Nominees 2019: Mitski, Bad Bunny, Courtney Barnett, More

A2IMThe American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced the nominees for its 2019 indie music Libera Awards. The Libera Awards will be held on June 20th in New York City as part of Indie Week.

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JUNO Award Winners 2019: The Full Winner List

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Juno Awards, Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC took over Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario last weekend to celebrate Canada's annual biggest night if music.

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How To Pretend You're At SXSW 2019 Edition plus The Official #SXSW 2019 Playlist

image from yzclient.comSXSW 2019 is in full swing, but perhaps you blew your conference and travel budget donating funds to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood or your local Premium Tequila Society. Or maybe the chaise lounge at your Austin hotel pool is so damn comfortable that you can't bear the thought of waiting in line to see Buzz Band 2019.

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9 Steps To A Successful #SXSW [Ariel Hyatt]

9 steps SXSW"I launched my company at SXSW in 1996 with a dream to be a publicist and a stack of orange business cards that I had stayed up all night perfecting at Kinkos the night before I arrived in Austin," writes Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR.  "I remember seeing Joan Osborne and I also remember taking it very seriously because after all, it is a music conference. Amazing to think how much it has grown."

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11 Shows And Panels You Need To Be At For SXSW Starting Today [Kosha Dillz]

Sxsw-2019From indie rapper Kosha Dillz: "SXSW is in full swing. This is my life 11th year playing it officially out of 12 years in Austin.  There are certain shows and bands and panels I just wouldn't wanna miss. There are so many out there, I just think it is time to shed light on a few."

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Bandsintown Data-Driven Big Break SXSW Showcase Returns To Austin Wednesday

BandsintownConcert discovery platform Bandsintown returns to SXSW on Wednesday with its second annual Big Break Showcase, the festival’s only fan data-driven official showcase. It will be held on Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM on the rooftop of Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street in Austin.

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Midem Names Midemlab Music Startup Competition Jury, Submission Deadline Nears

image from celebrityaccess.comInternational music industry convention Midem has unveiled its jury for this year’s Midemlab music startup competition. Sponsored by Deezer and Recochoku,Midemlab showcases the most promising international music-related startups offering fresh opportunities to the music sector.

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CD Baby EU DIY Musician Conference Returns To BerkIee Valencia Campus Next Month

CD_Baby_Logo_BlackCD Baby is returning to the Berklee College of Music campus in Valencia, Spain for the European edition of its popular DIY Musician Conference. To be held on April 6-7, the conference is designed to impact self-managed artists’ careers through actionable ideas and advice.

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QUICK HITS: AWAL + Apollo • Songtrust • Marcie Allen Van Mol, Bebe Evans • Music Row's Rising Women On The Row

QuickHitsKobalt’s AWAL has signed long-term worldwide recordings deal with Omar Apollo. Apollo already has 45 million streams on Spotify and an extensive touring history. Apollo will perfrom at the AWAL House Showcase at SXSW.

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4 Ways To Prep For The Chaos Of SXSW 2019

19_SXSW_Website-SEOWith SXSW just around the corner, members of the music industry are scrambling to get their ducks in a row in order catch all the incredible shows they want to see, meet all the people they want to meet, and maybe even grab a bite to eat along the way. A thrilling but often overwhelming experience, Angela Mastrogiacomo here offers four tips for how to deal with the chaos of SXSW 2019.

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Blues Foundation Names 2019 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Bllues FoundationThe Blues Foundation has today (March 1) announced the 2019 inductees to the Blues Hall of Fame. Among this year’s honorees are Pee Wee Crayton, Moe Asch, Booker T. & the MG, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Ida Cox, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bessie Smith and Elmore James.

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Bandsintown Big Break Showcase Returns To SXSW 2019

BandsintownConcert discovery platform Bandsintown returns to SXSW with its second annual Big Break Showcase, the festival’s only fan data-driven official showcase. It will be held o Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM on the rooftop of Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street.

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SXSW Adds Keynotes From Spotify, Gimlet, Malcom Gladwell

image from 2hbc6o2wz3pg6vt5d48le2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.comSouth by Southwest Conference and Festivals has announced further additions to their Keynote and Featured Speaker lineup for the March 8-17 event.

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Are YOU A Male Ally To Women In The Music Business?

1As more allegations of predatory behavior by men in the music business continue to emerge, Chris Robley shares a recent open letter from Joe Crookston to the Arts and Music Community, encouraging men in the music industry to make a commitment to act as true allies to women in the business.

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9 Simple Reasons To go To SXSW 2019 [Kosha Dillz]

image from 2hbc6o2wz3pg6vt5d48le2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.comSXSW can be overwhelming, but not so for indie rapper Kosha Dillz, who is prepping for his 12th SXSW. Planned properly, SXSW launches Kosha's year. Read and learn, grasshoppers.

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2019 Must-Attend Music Conferences

1Music conferences can a be a life changing experience, and the perfect place to educate yourself about the industry, connect with your contemporaries, and make contact with the powers that be. They can also be a huge waste of time however, so we've here provided a short list of must-attend conferences.

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Brit Awards 2019 - Full List Of Winners

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe UK music industry gathered at the O2 Arena on Wednesday for the annual Brit Awards, with The 1975 taking top honors, winning album of the year for their hit A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The 1975 also took home the 2019 Brit Award for British group.

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16 Cool People I Met At Pollstar Live! [Kosha Dillz]

PollstarFrom agents to artists and tour buses to trucks, Pollstar Live! is the gathering of the tribe for the touring industry. This was the first year that new grand poobah Ray Wadell and the Oak View Group were in charge, and they left their stamp in nothing but positive ways. Hypebot and our sister company, the Skyline Artists Agency were there. But so was Kosha Dillz, and this man knows how to work a room.

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